(UMNS) In this season of giving gifts to family and friends, Giving Tuesday — Dec. 1 this year — affords us an opportunity to help those we may not even know and make a difference in their lives.
Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday is celebrated in the United States on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, encouraging participants to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. The movement is an alternative to the U.S. consumer-driven shopping traditions of Black Friday, Local Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
Supporters are urged to spread the word about giving via social media by using the hashtag #GivingTuesday, including stories about why each mission opportunity is personally meaningful.
This year, several United Methodist agencies and ministries are participating in Giving Tuesday, offering United Methodists a variety of ways to contribute online to ministry. For the second year in a row, any gift made online through www.umcmission.org/give on Dec. 1 will be matched up to $1 million. That includes mission work across the denomination such as UMCOR, missionary support, clean water efforts, education and more.
Here is a list of opportunities to contribute on #GivingTuesday in North Georgia and across the denomination:
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